Archive for the ‘Position Changes’ Category

2009 Eligibility Chart Updates

March 22, 2009

Since I had a few minutes this morning, I decided to take a look at the Eligibility chart for 2009 and see if any adjustments were needed. Sure enough, there were. Here are a few notes pertaining to the eligibility chart, followed by the chart itself.

  • There is no need to be hasty and move Aldridge into the fullback slot right now. He may very well play more meaningful downs as a FB, but until we get past spring practice and the spring game- he remains a running back. I will have a post that goes a little more in depth with this possible positional change soon.
  • The same rules apply to Trevor Robinson as a tackle. He will have to win the left tackle spot, before I move him as well.
  • Since the Irish are moving away from the 3-4 terminology and settling in on a 4-3 verbal base, I have changed the position titles a bit. There are nose guards and defensive tackles.
  • There are no more hybrid slots, as you are either have your hand up or your hand down 99% of the time. Also, I have not split up the linebackers into Sam, Mike, and Will. I may do this in the future, but not yet.

Give Him A Different Number

September 26, 2008
This was an interesting quote from Charlie Weis at his press conference…

“I’ve had a whole entourage of guys wanting to be the next two-way player, Paddy
Mullen, Pat Kuntz, John Ryan, Brian Smith. There’s a lot of guys that want to be
that guy.”

Brian Smith is the most intriguing name in the bunch. As completely jacked up as he is during the game, I would love to see him line up at fullback and smoke a Boiler defender. I realize that the chances of him changing his number to #2 for this game and playing FB are slim to none, but wouldn’t you headbutt your mom if he did?
BTW- He has the genes to do it. His father played FB for the Fighting Irish.

Chris Smith running against Boston College in the Liberty Bowl in 1983.

What Do We Know? Part 1

August 15, 2007


After the first week of practice (and a few days), they are still many questions surrounding this team. I’m not sure when the answers will come, other than to say ‘ We’ll see on September 1st. Here is a rundown of things we do know, along with a few maybes. What’s a blog good for if we can’t speculate?

OFFENSE

Quarterbacks

This is the easiest, we don’t know. We may think we know, or we think we might know because someones brother’s nephew’s cousin’s neighbor’s kid lives next door to someone who says they know a kid on campus and he thinks that so-and-so is the starter because this student overheard a confession of Darrin Bragg’s and said he walked out smiling. Internet rumors are stupid as they are rampant. The media certainly doesn’t help matters by throwing ANYTHING against the wall until something sticks. (Someone will tell you they told you so sometime after kickoff against Georgia Tech. Weis has said that he won’t release the name until then, so I think we should just take his word and chill. With that said however, whoever the starter turns out to be, Demetrius Jones should, and will, see significant time under center. He has displayed too much talent, savvy, and leadership skills not to. Whether he is the starter or a redzone guy or whatever…#3 will play.

Running Backs

There is now a stable of horses in the backfield for the first time since the mid to late nineties. 5 of them to be exact, and ALL have something to bring to the table. The starter will be Travis Thomas and should see most of the carries. He is a captain and has a good mix of power and speed along with a toughness that cannot be coached. (Justin King just wet himself). If it wasn’t for our need at linebacker last year, Thomas would have seen a large amount of carries. Weis had to run what was basically a 3rd down offense for most of the game because of Walkers limitations as a finesse runner. That will be a huge advantage for the Irish this year as opposed to last year. Behind Thomas is James Aldridge. JA has a load of talent and is the same type of runner as Thomas. This will be very important to the Irish as fresh legs are most explosive. ND doesn’t have to change its playcalling with JA in when Thomas takes a breather. He (Aldridge) will see a lot of carries… just less than Thomas. Junior Jabbie is a personal favorite of mine since he committed to the Irish. I love the name and the H.S.- Junnior Jabbie from The Hun School. That’s badass. Jabbie impressed Weis in spring practice, BEFORE, the Blue-Gold game. Charlie kept saying it, and then we all saw it. Whether or not this translates into this season at all is still a question mark, but he is involved with the competition for playing time which translates into a better unit overall. That leaves the 2 frosh. Armando Allen and Robert Hughes. I have no doubt that Allen will see significant P.T. on special teams and running the ball because of his speed and quickness. Weis loves him and we NEED that homerun threat in the backfield. Hughes will really have to surge on the depth chart, I believe, to see much playing time if any. He may be a “redshirt” before it is all said and done barring any injuries to the other 4. He did make it a point during recruiting that he wanted to play right away and Weis may have promised this, and Weis is a man of his word. We are stacked with talent and should see a lot of production from this unit. Leading the way for these guys will be Asaph Schwaap. Schwaap is a beast who should be laying out any and all who stand in front of him and his runner. Luke Schmidt will see some action as well at FB after a good spring showing and is probably the best runner of the two.

Offensive Line

Already this camp, we are starting to see what should be the starters emerge. As of right now the starters consist of: LT-Paul Duncan, LG-Mike Turkovich, C-John Sullivan, RG-Dan Wenger, RT-Sam Young. This will be a very physical line and as the line goes, so will our running and passing game. We will probably see some action from others such as Matt Carufel, Eric Olsen and Matt Romine. Should something happen to Sullivan (God forbid) Wenger will slide over to Center and either Olsen or Carufel will take over the guard spot. John Latina wants a unit that is versatile and interchangeable, and finally with depth we may have that. Chris Stewart returns to OL after a spring stint at NT, but he has some catching up to do despite having, by all accounts, all the physical tools to make an impact. This unit may surprise a lot of “national” media outlets. On paper they have a small amount of total playing time, but will make up for it with a nastiness that was lacking from last years unit.

Wide Receivers

Yet another huge question mark for the Irish is “Who’s catching them?” Only David Grimes has really cemented himself in at WR. I think we will see a large rotation of players. The freshman, Duval Kamara, is a physical presence. He will see the field a lot this season. No one else on the depth chart has his size and abilities all wrapped into one sweet package. George West has made huge strides this offseason and should be the number 2 guy… as of right now. D.J. Hord has really been impressing the staff and media with his practice play. If he can translate that onto the field for gameday, we may have finally found our speedy deep threat. Robby Parris is also in the mix. This could be a blessing in disguise, since defenses will be unable to lock down on who the #1 target might be. That’s 5 guys listed, and don’t forget about Golden Tate and Barry Gallup who both have great speed and could really mix things up. This unit is severely lacking experience and that may hurt us right away. However, they will improve and could become very deadly with the variety that they offer. Seriously, watch out for Kamara. He could be our answer to USC’s Mike Williams from a few years ago.

Tomorrow, I will have the defensive units for you.

Fight Club…WR Edition

February 20, 2007

The first position battle the Subway Domer is going to analyze are the Wide Receivers. First, let me just say, this is no real attempt to say who is going to start on Saturdays this fall. All we are doing here is breaking down the spots a wee bit and putting a projection on what we would like to see. I will only be referring to the players enrolled at ND right now and available for the spring game. We have no logical dissertation of the other 15 freshman until late summer.

WIDE RECEIVER

The Players
  • David Grimes
  • D.J. Hord
  • Robby Parris
  • Richard Jackson
  • Barry Gallup
  • George West
  • Darrin Bragg

This position has great depth. It also has a lot of questions and inexperience. The absolut lock is David Grimes. He showed a lot of promise as the 3rd WR in last years formations. He caught 26 balls for 336 yds. and 2 TD as the 4th leading receiver on the team. Those aren’t great stats, but when the top 3 were Samardzija, McKnight, Walker, and Carlson- he took what he got. He made some crucial catches in the UCLA game that really elevated him.

The next 2 leading WR from last year that are returning is West and Parris. They COMBINED for 3 receptions for 21 yards and no TDs. (West did score a TD against Purdue on a WR reverse). That doesn’t make me feel like jumping with joy about what lies ahead with a new QB at the helm.

However, D.J. Hord returns after missing all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon. He may be that HR threat we have all been looking for him to be. IF he really is 100%. We don’t have any real information on the others and won’t until after the Spring Game.

BALLERS

  • Grimes
  • Hord
  • Jackson

I have no real reason to claim Jackson as the 3rd WR. Just a hunch that he may become a beast. I’ve had hunches before and it always seems 50/50.

Mitch’s Take: No idea. Grimes definitely. After that the other 2 spots are a toss up. He was a worrier about Samardzija and thought he was a pile of dung the first 2 years. Was pleasantly surprised when Jeff turned out to be our best player after Quinn. He sees someone stepping up but it is way to early to tell. Ask again in October.

Spring Blizzard

February 15, 2007

Well now that National Signing Day is over and my head is healed from beating it against the wall (thank-you Greg and Chris Little and Zooker), it is time to move on to what really matters… the Blue-Gold Game.

To be played on April 21, the University should bill this like MLB does with the All-Star game…”This year, it matters.” And boy will it ever. With so few returning starters on offense and a new Defensive Coordinator in Darth Brown, this years game could get darn right nasty.

In the coming days and weeks the Subway Domer is going to break down the position battles and throw those $0.02 in the mix. Also, you are going to be introduced to Mitch. Mitch is a complete cocksucker and a hardcore Fighting Irish fan. You are going to get his unique insight into what is sure to be a wild spring fling.

In case you are a moron or are a fair weather fan here is a list of positions that are up for grabs.

Offense

  • Quarterback
  • Running Back
  • Receivers
  • Guards
  • Tackles

Defense

  • Nose Guard
  • Defensive Ends
  • Defensive Tackle
  • Linebackers
  • Cornerbacks
  • Nickelbacks (not those gay Canadians)
  • Free Safety

That’s a lot of shit going on! The offense might be a little easier to predict pre-spring game, but the defense should be a lot more complex. Darth Brown will probably use a hybrid 34-43, and in doing so use a lot of rotating personnel.

I look forward to diving into this mess as soon as I get my driveway clean.

Subway Domer